98-year-old great grandfather gets Father’s Day surprise from Come From Away


    A 98-year-old man obtained a birthday surprise of a lifetime on the Royal Alexandra Theatre‎ Sunday when the forged of hit Canadian musical, Come From Away, sang him Comfortable Birthday on the finish of their Father’s Day efficiency.

    Harry Whalen, a great grandfather to 4, leapt out of his seat for a standing ovation within the packed theatre earlier than the forged sang to him with some members of the viewers becoming a member of in. 

    “It was unbelievable, I feel. It shocked me,” Whalen stated with fun.

    The nonagenarian is a proud Newfoundlander and informed CBC Toronto he liked the present, which portrays the story of distant Newfoundland city Gander internet hosting over 6,500 passengers and crew that have been diverted because of the Sept. 11 assaults. 

    Whalen watched the present together with his spouse of 68 years by his facet.

    His daughter, Cynthia Whalen, organized the massive birthday surprise, and says she merely reached out to Mirvish to see if the forged would sing her dad Comfortable Birthday.

    “I despatched an e-mail to Mirvish and it says they take three to 4 days to get again and so they obtained again to me inside an hour,” Cynthia Whalen stated. “We won’t thank all people sufficient.”

    Final 12 months, she says the household walked the CN Tower within the EdgeWalk for her dad’s 97th birthday. She is not certain what they’re going to do subsequent 12 months.

    However for now, Whalen is targeted on savouring being 98 years younger, a milestone he’ll formally mark on Monday.

    “I’ve a stunning bunch of household. A person cannot have any greater than what we’ve,” he stated.




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